Magic Johnson’s spicy take on Donovan Mitchell, LeBron James, Kevin Durant
Donovan Mitchell has without a doubt been one of the biggest stars of this year’s playoffs. He’s been nothing short of amazing for the Utah Jazz, which is why it comes to no surprise that the All-Star guard has received all sorts of praise from pretty much everywhere and anywhere.
If you ask Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson, the Hall of Famer firmly believes that Mitchell has now become one of the elites in the NBA, reaching the heights of the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry:
Donovan Mitchell is a bonafide superstar, scoring 45 points in Game 1 and 37 points in Game 2! We have to start mentioning his name more with the KDs, LeBrons, Stephs, etc.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 11, 2021
After what we’ve seen from the Jazz star so far, it’s hard to argue with Magic Johnson’s claim here.
On the other hand, the ever-outspoken Stephen A. Smith has come out with a more controversial take on Mitchell’s current level of play. According to the ESPN broadcaster, there is no doubt in his mind that the 24-year-old has established himself as the greatest Jazz player of all time:
"I don't wanna hear about Karl Malone, I don't wanna hear about John Stockton. [Donovan Mitchell is] the best player in the history of the Jazz organization."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 11, 2021
This is a pretty hot take that will likely have contrasting reactions from the fans–pretty much your typical Stephen A. statement. Donovan Mitchell is just in Year 4 of his career with the Jazz, and technically speaking, he hasn’t won anything with the team just yet.
Has he done enough to surpass the likes of Karl Malone and John Stockton as the Jazz GOAT? To make this conclusion at this point in his career might be a tad premature, but it would not be surprising if he ends up earning this title once it’s all said and done for him.